Voltaire


Born
in Paris, France
November 21, 1694

Died
May 30, 1778

Genre

Influences


Complete works (1880) : https://archive.org/details/oeuvresco...

In 1694, Age of Enlightenment leader Francois-Marie Arouet, known as Voltaire, was born in Paris. Jesuit-educated, he began writing clever verses by the age of 12. He launched a lifelong, successful playwriting career in 1718, interrupted by imprisonment in the Bastille. Upon a second imprisonment, in which Francois adopted the pen name Voltaire, he was released after agreeing to move to London. There he wrote Lettres philosophiques (1733), which galvanized French reform. The book also satirized the religious teachings of Rene Descartes and Blaise Pascal, including Pascal's famed "wager" on God. Voltaire wrote: "The interest I have in believing a thing is not a proof of the existence of that thing." Voltaire's French publ
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1754, Candide by Voltaire, 94 pages
 
  35 votes, 26.1%

 
  18 votes, 13.4%

1924, A Hunger Artist by Franz Kafka, 84 pages
 
  15 votes, 11.2%

 
  13 votes, 9.7%

1952, Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett, 109 pages
 
  11 votes, 8.2%

1905, The Game by Jack London, 103 pages
 
  10 votes, 7.5%

1936, Double Indemnity by James M. Cain, 115 pages
 
  8 votes, 6.0%

 
  8 votes, 6.0%

1943, Chess Story by Stefan Zweig, 84 pages
 
  5 votes, 3.7%

 
  4 votes, 3.0%

1955, Pedro Páramo by Juan Rulfo, 128 pages
 
  3 votes, 2.2%

1971, Reunion by Fred Uhlman, 96 pages
 
  2 votes, 1.5%

 
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